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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by danedelman, Jul 30, 2012.
The beer I just drank will be the closest to the heady I'm drinking.
I will be trying this from a growler for the first time tomorrow, and I can't wait.
Bohdi is the bee's knees!
Had my first Gandhi Bot the other night, and while it's not exactly like Heady Topper, I was struck by the similarities. Great beer!
Stone Ruination has shown the closest resemblance for me
Lagunitas Sucks when fresh batches come back this fall.
I've yet to try anything that's crazy close.
There's a local place in NH (Nepenthe ales) makes a IIPA called Lotus Eater - when it first came out last year the first batch of it was fairly close to Heady - it even looked like it. They've been tweaking the recipe quite a bit and I haven't had any that came close to that first batch, but that was the closest I've ever had.
If you homebrew, this recipe is amazing. Get a hold of some Conan yeast and you'll be golden. http://signpostbrewing.com/heady-topper-clone-brew-4-0/ I brewed a batch recently and I think it's incredibly close (I did a side by side with the real HT.)
Does Abner come in cans?
At a glance, this thread seems to me to be people saying what they think is as good...which is hilarious to me because I think like 20 IPAs/DIPAs are better (queue the quintissential 'but I can't get those either).
Anyways, I think that Lunch and Bissell Substance both have some distinct similarities to Heady flavor-wise
I'm surprised by the Nepenthe comment. I tried a few of their beers when I lived in NH and they were about as amateurish as I've ever tasted for a commercial brewery. It was like tasting the ingredients of a beer rather than drinking the finished product, if that makes sense.
I had a new brew at one of my local breweries that is IMO very close to heady, except for a little more malt would be needed on the back end. It is called Transmigration of Souls from Orpheus and it is amazing! It is a very high quality beer!
…in 32oz bottles *facepalm*
I believe my description of Bodhi when I first had it was "looks like Pliny, tastes like Heady."
Haven't tried Substance yet, but to me Lunch tastes like Pliny the Elder. Have yet to have a beer tastes like Heady because Conan yeast gives beer such a disitinctive character, and John Kimmich is probably the only pro brewer can mix hop mastery with Conan mastery well enough to make it.
I take it Conan is a type of yeast? Does it really play that large a role?
The closest that I have found to Heady has been NoDa Hop Drop and Roll
Both come in a can, both have a similar nose (Heady's is better), similar mouthfeel, both have those wonderful little particles floating around (god I love that shit). I prefer Heady but HopDrop is not far behind
Regardless of which beers I may or not like more...I'm not sure ANY truly taste like Heady does. Abner and (maybe) Ephraim kinda do, but not quite. Some of the west coast items I see on this list might as well be a totally different style, for better or worse.
Probably HF Society and Solitude 5, Maine Dinner, and Fort George/Boneyard/Block 15 3-Way IPA.
Yes, and YESSSSS!!!!!
Wow. This is way more information than I needed: http://www.themadfermentationist.com/2013/11/conan-ipa-and-yeast.html
Odell Myrcenary is an astonishingly close approximation of Heady if you ask me.
Yeah. Where's the emoticon for my brain exploding?
Substance! It's also very addictive.
Great article, he is oldsock on BA
MBC Another One is pretty much Heady's little brother.
I always thought Elevated IPA was Heady's little brother. Another beer that is close is Second Fiddle.
I thought the same about Double Trouble
I think Second Fiddle is similar in style to Heady, and I go back and forth between which I prefer. Also, Infiniti brewing in Portland Me makes a "head stash" IPA that is the best attempt at a Heady clone as I've ever tasted.
Surprised no one from Vermont on here has said Second Fiddle yet. Good thing the new batch comes out tomorrow! It's easily worth driving or trading for.
The Substance.....aka: Heady Topper Lite
It's not the same. But, it might be better. That comes from someone who LOVES Heady.
I haven't tried any one beer that would taste like heady by itself. However if you mixed stone ruination and laguniats sucks together, I think you'd be pretty close. Ruination has the hop presence and the pine taste that heady has, and sucks has the smooth tropical fruit flavor that heady has, so by bringing them together I think it'd be prettt close.
Two things instantly came to mind--less exact from a pure taste standpoint but more the unique mouthfeel.
Neither easy to find.
On the "easy" to access front--Enjoy By sometimes has some similar notes and "bigness"
Heady is in a league of its own IMO. The pure hop flavor is just beautiful, with no bitterness at all. I love how dry is finishes as well. There are other IPAs i like, but nothing has rocked me like Heady. That being said.....
Who wants to hook it up with some Hop Drop and Roll?
I would like some other thoughts on Maine Beer Co's "Another One". I poured for me and my wife and she said "tastes just like HT". I sipped again and said "yeh, I can see that" .....
Another One flies under the radar with all the dinner and lunch talk. IMO it's better than Lunch. It's unbelievable but it's an IPA and not DIPA. Heady has such a unique hop taste it stands by itself. There are other DIPA's almost as good but not as unique.
HT is a tough one to duplicate especially fresh. However I have found some similar taste notes in Founders Double Trouble and Maine Beer Company's Another One...I do not think that Maine Lunch is that close...the subtle malt backbone does not match...still damn tasty though..
Agree. I like Another One better than Lunch....Lunch has a subtle dry malt backbone finish that fades the hop bomb away...Another One is full on and citrusy much closer to HT..